Saturday, October 18, 2014

MY LIFE | NYU Journalism In New Orleans

Only a month into my program at NYU and already I've gotten to travel on a reporting trip. On October 9th, a group of 10 of us went on an adventure to New Orleans, each covering a different topic to explore. I chose to focus on the music.

It was an interesting start to the journey. I went from NYC to a connecting flight in Charlotte, NC, where we were told that the plane was having issues—so we were delayed a bit before finally making it to our hotel in NOLA.

The food – We stumbled upon Katie's Restaurant, where I tried a poboy sandwich for the first time. It was amazing! Fun fact: Katie's has been featured on the TV show 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.'

I wandered around the infamous French Quarter, which was very lively, loud and drunken. See Homer below:

I also had the pleasure of seeing these talented musicians:

For my assignment, I set up an interview with a young saxophone player in City Park, which is seriously stunning:

The other part of my assignment involved taking part in a Second Line parade. Apparently not a lot of tourists get to see these. It was something I've never experienced ever before. It was craziness. Take a look into the Prince Of Wales Second Line:

Also, this. A casual lizard chilling on her head.
Dancing was EVERYWHERE:

And voila, my finished project!

Next Generation of Brass Band Street Music from Pavement Pieces on Vimeo.

You can check out my classmates' work here:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 7

Photo by Christina Dun
This week was a busy one. Class field trips ranged from throughout the city all the way to New Orleans. What a week. [October 6 - 12]

For my reporting class, we had a special guest teacher for a hands-on photojournalism lesson. It was really cool to have award-winning photographer Lori Grinker show us the ropes (she was boxer Mike Tyson's personal photographer!) - she took us to the Aperture Foundation gallery in Chelsea for a field trip and a photo walk along the Highline.

I stopped by Factory PR's SS15 market preview and of course my faves were at the Betsey Johnson display. Ever since witnessing Betsey do her signature cartwheel IRL down the runway, I'm even more in love with her.

 I was walking around in Chelsea, on my way home, and I stumbled upon a blocked off street and people waiting around anxiously. I asked a security guard "what's going on?" and he replied with "the president is over there." No big deal.

I waited around a little while and I got to witness the craziness that is Obama making an exit. There were SO many vehicles that just followed one after the other. It was pretty darn cool. Got to see THE Obama. NBD.

Milk toast
A friend of mine told me about milk toast and sent me this video via Eater, which claims that this milk toast is better than a donut. So naturally, I had to test it out for myself. I gotta say, it was definitely wonderful, but I'm still partial to those donuts from Pies 'N' Thighs that I raved about in a previous blog post. So in terms of dessert hierarchy, here's where they stand in my books
1. Pecan Butter Crunch donut from Pies N Thighs
2. Milk Toast from Uncle Boons
3. Everything else
For my reporting class, we went on a trip to New Orleans for the weekend to explore stories of our choice. I chose to look into the next generation of brass band street music and got to experience a Second Line parade first-hand - which was the craziest thing EVER. I'll be doing a separate blog post for my NOLA experience, so here are just a couple pics to give you an idea.


Back it up:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Sunday, October 12, 2014

FASHION | Cara Delevingne x DKNY


My Cara Delevingne obsession continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing down—especially with the debut of her DKNY collaboration. Guys, she's so cool. Side note - the fact that she and I are the same age makes me incredibly depressed......sigh.

Some fave pieces:

So. Cool.

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

EVENT | Techweek Part 2

Part two of my Techweek NYC experience involved some amazing speakers and a cool tech fashion show. I heard from media big shots Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), Saraya Darabi (Zady) and David Arabov (Elite Daily), just to name a few. I definitely got inspired by being surrounded by such passionate and driven individuals.

BuzzFeed, RRE, and the Future of Media
L-R: Will Porteous (RRE Ventures) & Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

EVENT | Techweek Part 1

Image via Facebook
I was super excited to get to cover Techweek for a second year in NYC (check out last year's HERE, HERE & HERE)! The week kicked off on Monday, September 29th with a party at the Brewster HQ.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FASHION | Pop Up Mob

Last week, I was intrigued by a black-and-white 'POP UP MOB' sign in SoHo when I was running around during Techweek.

I ended up stumbling into a chic and edgy boutique, a pop-up shop featuring Australian brands from Fashion Bunker and jewellery from designer Jessie Dib. The shop is located at 85 Mercer and will run through until the end of October.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MY LIFE | NYC Week 5

Via Tumblr
Five weeks in. I definitely have those moments of Is this real life?!

Here's what I got up to September 22-28:

 Press at the First Ladies Luncheon

 The highly anticipated Alexandre Plokohov (Helmut Lang) x UNIQLO collab dropped this week. I went to check it out for a friend and ended up buying the most comfortable sweatpants ever. Buy them >HERE<

Saturday, September 27, 2014

EVENT | First Ladies Luncheon

Last week, I was surrounded by a group of the classiest women from around the globe. A group of First Ladies to be exact. Fashion 4 Development held their 4th Annual First Ladies Luncheon, which is an event that unites diplomacy and fashion for the greater good of women and children worldwide. Coinciding with the UN General Assembly, F4D brought together the support of First Ladies and fashion influencers to raise awareness of creating positive social change globally. The event took place at The Pierre Hotel.

This year, the special honorees were: Donna Karan (fashion designer), Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (Founder and Chairperson of BRAC), Gery Keszler (CEO of Life Ball/AIDS LIFE), Debbie Levin (President of the Environmental Media Association) and Caroline Scheufele (Creative Director and Co-President of Chopard)

Donna Karan

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NYU | Pavement Pieces: Photoville

Lined up along the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront more than 60 storage containers were scattered like giant Lego pieces begging to be stacked. From the outside, they looked like your typical large-scale metal shipping boxes, but they were far from hollow. Inside of them was a photo festival called Photoville, a one-of-a-kind photography festival that uses repurposed transport containers to house installations, exhibits and seminars, showcasing a wide range of artists.

It opened up to the public September 18th and will run for 11 days. Inside—and surrounding— the 60-plus containers are works by more than 400 photographers.

“Weirdly enough, shipping containers make for a really good and concise photo venue," said Daniel Ehrenworth, 36, who was in town from Toronto and stopped by to check it out.

Photoville is the brainchild of United Photo Industries, which was founded in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley and Laura Roumanos. This year, they partnered with Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery for a village Beer Garden, along with Narratively for a packed itinerary of visual storytelling events, truly hosting a creative-people’s paradise.

Read the full article >>HERE<<

Photo by: Christina Dun